The use of satellities for maritime position surveillance and communications has been shown to reduce the risk of handling high energy fuels. Experiments have demonstrated that position fix precision of approximately 0.1 nmi., 1 sigma is achievable at mid-latitudes at L-band. Factors affecting position fix accuracy have been identified, and means to correct them have been tested so that position fix accuracy of 0.1 nmi., 1 sigma is a reasonable expectation for an operational system. The ranging technique is digital and compatible with communications. Ranging signals are so short in duration they could be inserted during pauses in speech communications. Extrapolations in the cost from experimental equipments estimate that it will cost less than $1,000 to add circuits for position-fixing to a shipborne satellite communications terminal. It will cost only a few pennies to compute a position fix and relay it to the ship and the shipping offices of the shipping company. Techniques for maritime traffic control can be developed by extensions of present shipping lane assignments, and the methods that are used routinely for aeronautical traffic control.

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  • Pagination: p. 166-184

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00051203
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Committee on Hazardous Materials
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-CG-11,775-A
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 28 1974 12:00AM